Lupins by Cascade Creek

Lupins by Cascade Creek

Just south of Lake Gunn on the road to Milford Sound is Cascade Creek. This small but extremely clear river feeds into the Eglinton River. Either side there are large fields of wild lupins, as you can see on the opposite bank of the creek. The water is so fresh that I filled up my water bottle and drank it straight. It tasted the same as if I was swigging from a bottle of mineral water just out of the fridge.

Pink Water Lily Flower

Pink Water Lily Flower

Otherwise known as the sacred lotus, I came across this pink flower in Bangkok. It was in a small public park, opposite the Grand Palace on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. As you can tell, it was in shade. This really helps make the photograph stand out. Generally speaking the brightest part of an image is what draws the viewers eye. The dark background here helps the flower stand out and gives the flower and more 3D look.

Agapanthus Jack’s Blue Flower

Agapanthus Jack's Blue Flower

New Zealand is known its unique species of animals and plants. On my walks around Auckland, I have come across many unusual flowers. Surprisingly, this bright blue flower is from South Africa. Also known as an African Lily flower, they can even be grow in England. From what I have seen they grow in large bushes. This posed a challenge to capture a single flower head, without a distracting background.

Gelato and Coffee Sign

Gelato and Coffee Sign

The more I follow other travel photographers work the more I see their focus on details. My work is too often focusing on wide vistas, landscapes or cityscapes so recently I am trying to zoom my camera more. These roses are clearly not real but they do add to the feel of the small Auckland suburb of Parnell. This area has many restaurants and cafes up and down the street all trying to grab the attention of passing tourists. It is done in a nice, almost old fashion way which I like a lot. Anyone visiting Auckland, especially photographers, should not miss the short trip up to Parnell.